Fundraisers to help their foreign colleagues with a training fund

Fundraisers are being urged to give money themselves to support their counterparts in developing countries.

Collings (left) and Clayton
Collings (left) and Clayton

The Resource Alliance and ethical agency The Good Agency have jointly established the Fundraisers Fund, which uses online donations to fund bursaries that help fundraisers in developing regions build professional skills.

"There is a huge lack of good quality training in many parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and what there is can be expensive," said Simon Collings, chief executive of the Resource Alliance.

"This fund is designed to redress that balance by subsidising essential training for fundraisers in the developing world."

Visitors can donate funds that will provide training carried out by the alliance and through local courses and workshops in the fundraisers' own countries.

The site will also carry articles by bursary winners so the donors can see where their money is going.

"This website will demonstrate the very latest ideas in providing a shared donor-beneficiary experience," said Alan Clayton, a director at The Good Agency, which is funding the site for the next three years.

"The fun in this will be getting connected with those far-flung fundraisers and watching how they grow and develop as a result."

Clayton said he wants to recruit 100 donors, each giving an average of £10 a month, before the fund's official launch at the International Fundraisers Conference in Holland next month.

He aims to increase the total number of donors to more than 2,000.

"The most likely people to provide support for fundraisers are other fundraisers," said Clayton.

KEY POINTS

- The Fundraisers Fund will support colleagues in developing countries through international or local courses, workshops and conferences

- Donations can be made online by credit card, all Gift-Aided

- Bursaries will be awarded to fundraisers in developing countries

- Winners of bursaries will write about it online.

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